Whirlpool WRF767SDHZ Refrigerator Review
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- Dual Ice Maker for double the cubes
- Large interior storage space
- Energy efficient
- Fingerprint “resistant”
- Climate controlled crispers
- Large size takes up a lot of kitchen space
- Ice maker issues
- Some of the “features” don’t seem like actual features
- Lack of Wi-Fi connectivity that is present on other models of a similar price-point
If having lots of ice at your disposal is the driving force behind buying a new refrigerator, then the Whirlpool marketing department may have aimed their WRF767SDHZ model directly at you. Much of the hype surrounding this appliance is geared towards its dual ice maker that will ensure your drinks are always cold.
But do not let the overemphasis on frozen water fool you, the WRF767SDHZ has much more to offer for its mid-range price tag. It’s spacious, good looking and for consumers who are concerned about the environment (which should be all of us) it sports the ENERGY STAR logo which means it meets strict efficiency criteria set out by the US Environmental Agency or the US Department of Energy.
Whirlpool’s WRF767SDHZ refrigerator is as attractive as it is large. Available in silver or black stainless steel, it has a very modern appearance which will fit nicely in any contemporary kitchen.
The refrigerator has three doors that sport enormous handles to make gaining access to your food more inclusive for people of all heights and strengths.
The 27 cubic feet of internal space seem standard for the price tag, though there could have been more had Whirlpool been able to manufacture a more slim-lined water dispenser … or leave it out completely. The left door loses roughly 66% of its storage space so you can have ice or water … or iced water. Whether that trade-off is acceptable or not, is for the consumer to decide.
When choosing a new refrigerator, it’s a good idea to consider what types of groceries your family prefers. This model is geared towards people who consume more fresh foods than they do frozen. The fridge has almost triple the storage capacity of the freezer at 19.03 cubic feet as opposed to 7.27 cubic feet to store frozen foods (I’m unsure whether the ice tray in the freezer counts towards space).
The spacious fridge is split up by 5 shelves, one of which is a ‘fruit and vegetable crisper’ with its own climate control to ensure all your fresh produce is stored at the correct temperature.
Despite the loss of space due to the water/ice system, there are still five-door pockets for all your bottles, jars, and jugs. The left-hand door’s shelves are quite small due to the ice maker’s internal workings, but the three shelves on the right have more than adequate space, thanks in part to the adjustable pocket that easily houses a gallon milk jug with room to spare.
It may only have one drawer for the freezer, but it does have a two-tier system split into many separate compartments. While the compartments may help with the organisation it does reduce the storage capacity somewhat.
Dual Ice Maker
One of the main selling points of the WRF767SDHZ is the dual ice-making system. The appliance makes the ice and stores it in the left side door of the fridge and in the freezer compartment for twice the ice.
Ice and Water Dispenser
Have I mentioned this appliance makes ice? You might be wondering how you get the ice into your glass? Well, you can either scoop it out of the compartment by hand (which is the only option when taking ice from the freezer), or the slightly easier method of using the dispenser without even opening the door. The touch screen control panel is simple to use making it quick and easy to get ice cubes, crushed ice, and refreshing water.
It is also worth mentioning the system uses an Everydrop filtration system that claims to remove 99% of contaminants found in water.
LED lights cast a calming glow over both the fridge and freezer to help you locate whatever tasty treat it is you are looking for.
Humidity Controlled Crispers
If you know your fruits and vegetables, then you’ll be aware that there is not a one size fits all approach to storing your foods when it comes to temperature. Different foods keep for longer at different temperatures. These crispers ensure you get the longest life for your produce.
Platter Pocket, Pizza Pocket & Adjustable Gallon Door Bins
Whirlpool has listed these 3 as features, but I’m not entirely sure of their validity. The Platter pocket is just a low shelf with a door, the pizza pocket is an upright compartment in the freezer that really just takes up more space (and could cause the toppings to fall off your pizza) and there is enough space for the adjustable door bins to be in a fixed position and still have room enough for even the largest of items.
The Whirlpool WRF767SDHZ is a certified ENERGY STAR product which means it has gone through rigorous testing to ensure that it is energy efficient.
However, while the ENERGY STAR rating can save you money, according to customer reviews, this appliance can sometimes waste some water. Many consumers have reported ice build-up towards the rear of the refrigerator, between the drawers and an occasional leaky dispenser. It is worth noting that during my time researching kitchenware, it’s not uncommon for appliances that have ice makers and water dispensers to have issues with leaks and ice build-up.
The lack of Wi-Fi connectivity is disappointing. The ability to control the temperature of your refrigerator and monitor its power usage is pretty standard among appliances of a similar cost.
Should you buy the Whirlpool WRF767SDHZ?
If this appliance falls within your budget and you absolutely must have ice, ice, and even more ice, then yes, give it a whirl. The storage space will be adequate for even large families, it looks great, and despite its mid-range price-point, the energy efficient design could save you money in the long run.
So, if the Whirlpool WRF767SDHZ is a beyond your budget, the appliance is too large or you’ve got a little more cash to spare, what are your options?
Given the GFE28GYNFS retails around 25% cheaper than the Whirlpool, this GE model is a perfect alternative if you do not have the budget. They have many similarities. The storage space (though the disparity between fridge and freezer space is a little more balanced giving you more freezer capability), LED lighting, ENERGY STAR rating and it has all the ice.
The difference in price can be found in the finish. The GE’s styling is a little more generic and it doesn’t look as high-end as the WRF767SDHZ.
If you lack the kitchen space for the WRF767SDHZ then Whirlpool might be able to help. It has many of the same features as its big brother, they’re just smaller. But because it’s a far cheaper product, that’s to be expected. Again, this is an ENERGY STAR rated product.
It does look a little bland (both inside and out) but considering the price difference, you can’t really complain.
If you’ve got more money to spend, the LG LRFVS3006S offers all of the features of the Whirlpool but with 3 more cubic feet of space and a slim-line ice maker so there is more storage capabilities in the door.
The coolest feature is the ‘Insta-View’ panel, which is a window that lets you see inside your fridge. Too dark to see? No problem, two quick knocks on the tinted glass panel will illuminate the appliance so you can view your food without opening the fridge and letting out the cold air.